worm or no to worm

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Billy7871, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Songster

    Jun 14, 2009
    Should you worm even if there are no visible worms? If so what kind of wormer should I use?

  2. chookchick

    chookchick Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    If your chickens look healthy, are laying fine, good weight, etc.. I would not worm. If you suspect worms, keep a very close eye on their poo, and see if you find anything--this will tell you what type of worms, and thus, what wormer to use. If you don't see anything, and still suspect worms, you could have a fecal float done to see what is there and what to use. If they have not been wormed, I would be nervous about using a broad-based wormer such as Ivermectin right off the bat, start with Wazine if you don't know what to do, or can't get a fecal float.
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I agree, there is no reason to worm your birds if there is no indication that they have worms.
  4. Country4ever

    Country4ever Songster

    Oct 26, 2007
    I second that. Deworming can be really hard on the chickens. I have a question about this that I've already posted..........I send a composite stool specimen to the vet's once a year, and check for worms. I'm just not sure if the usual fecal test gets all the chicken worms too. But if it does, I think its a great way to test for worms without just treating all of them for no reason.

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